The jewelry industry is one of the most luxurious and expensive in the whole world. The rarest and most beautiful of gems, gemstones, and precious stones are regularly turned into accessories that become the embodiment of finesse, elegance, and wealth. But at what point do a bead of pearls or a diamond ring become so expensive that they’d make even the wealthiest man alive think twice before purchasing a piece? Here is the Top 10 Most Expensive Jewelry In The World.
#10 1912 Cartier Diamond Brooch, $17.6 million
Known by its full name Belle Epoque Diamond Devant-De-Corsage Brooch, this piece of jewelry dates back to 1912, the year that’s also attached to the shortened version of its name. It was created at a French workshop at the dawn of the 20th century, and it’s composed of a collection of dazzling white diamonds, all arranged in patterns that remind of a flora thematic.
#9 The Perfect Pink, $23.2 million
Is this rose diamond as perfect as the name suggests? An anonymous buyer who attended the Hong Kong jewel auction hosted at Christie’s Auction House in 2010 seems to have strongly believed that. They were able to take out of their pocket no less than $23.2 million to acquire the pink jewel that’s so rare and sought-after in the world of diamonds. Many consider it to be a unique piece because of its perfectly rectangular shape.
#8 The Winston Blue, $24 million
Blue diamonds are as beautiful as they are expensive and the Winston Blue is the one blue diamond ring to rule them all. Yes, we said ring. This fine piece of jewelry was designed specifically for the intent of being sold as an engagement ring – albeit, to a very select type of clientele. A certain someone finally decided that their significant other was worth releasing $24 million from their wallet, so he acquired the ring at a Geneva auction.
#7 Chopard 201-Carat Watch, $25 million
Watches are notorious for the dizziness they cause to people who take a peek at their price tags, especially in the case of Chopard. The brand never settles for anything less than the elite, which is why they came up with this 800-diamond encrusted watch, which also benefits from a fascinating mechanism that works around the diamonds. The largest of the jewels embedded in this watch weighs 15 karats.
#6 The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace, $29.4 million
What truly gave this jadeite necklace its value is the fact that, aside from the refined and luxurious gemstones threaded to the piece, it was also flaunted by numerous ladies of importance and international fame. One of those people was Barbara Hutton, heiress of Woolworth, as well as Princess Nina Mdivani. The finishing touch of this necklace is its platinum and ruby clasp.
#5 The Zoe Diamond, $32.6
You know a jewel’s value is truly something otherworldly when it even manages to shock experts. When the blue diamond was first put up for auction at Sotheby’s in 2014, everyone’s jaws dropped once the bidding ended at a price that was double the estimated number given by analysts. Today, it’s the most expensive blue diamond in the world.
#4 The Graff Pink, $46 million
If you’re ever thinking about outdoing whoever bought the Winston Blue for the big proposal moment, then look no further than the Graff Pink. The ring is a luxurious piece with origins that we know little no nothing about. What we do know, though, is that it was expected for it to be sold for tens of millions of dollars, but no one really expected for nearly $50 million to be traded for the jewel.
#3 L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace, $55 million
The most expensive necklace in the world, L’Incomparable was made by the renowned jewelry company Mouawad. Its value was likely highly influenced by the fact that the piece shelters among the numerous diamonds in its composition the biggest internally flawless diamond in the world, weighing an overwhelming 407 karats.
#2 Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond, $80 million
In 2008, this diamond would have still made the list, but it would’ve been much lower. It was then acquired by a London jeweler given its status as one of the Austrian and Bavarian Crown Jewels. Years later, in 2011, it would be re-sold to the Qatari royal family, who acquired the diamond for the astounding price of $80 million.
#1 Pink Star Diamond Ring, $83 million
The Pink Star is famously known as the most expensive auctioned piece of jewelry ever sold. The world blew up when the piece was acquired for a mind-blowing $83 million – for a good reason, experts agree. The Pink Star is incredibly precious and the sheer size and quality of the brilliant was cut out from exceed anything that jewelers have ever seen before. Even though, upon its return to Sotheby’s, it was re-estimated as being worth $72 million instead, the fact that the bidding for its purchase stopped ten million dollars later still stands.